A PRAYER TO KEEP GOD FIRST THIS NEW YEAR

By Debbie McDaniel

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 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” - 2 Cor. 5:17


Dear God,

Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for all that you’ve allowed into our lives this past year, the good along with the hard things, which have reminded us how much we need you and rely on your presence filling us every single day.


We pray for your Spirit to lead us each step of this New Year. We ask that you will guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire you above all else. We ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. We ask that you would help us release our grip on the things to which you’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” We ask for help to pursue you first, above every dream and desire you’ve put within our hearts.


We ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within us. We pray you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let your gifts flow freely through us, so that you would be honored by our lives, and others would be drawn to you.


We pray that you’d keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in our ear when we need to run, and whisper in our heart when we need to stand our ground.


We pray for your protection over our families and friends. We ask for your hand to cover us and keep us distanced from the evil intent of the enemy; that you would be a barrier to surround us, that we’d be safe in your hands. We pray that you would give us discernment and insight beyond our years, to understand your will, hear your voice, and know your ways.


We ask that you would keep our footsteps firm, on solid ground, helping us to be consistent and faithful. Give us supernatural endurance to stay the course, not swerving to the right or to the left, or being too easily distracted by other things that would seek to call us away from a close walk with you.


Forgive us for the times we have worked so hard to be self-sufficient, forgetting our need for you, living independent of your spirit. Forgive us for letting fear and worry control our minds, and for allowing pride and selfishness wreak havoc over our lives. Forgive us for not following your

ways and for living distant from your presence.


We confess our need for you… fresh… new… again. We ask that you make all things new, in our hearts, in our minds, in our lives, for this coming year. We pray for your refreshing over us.


Keep your words of truth planted firm within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the power to be obedient to your word. And when the enemy reminds us where we have been, hissing his lies and attacks our way, we trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, as you remind us we are safe with you and your purposes and plans will not fail. We ask that you will be our defense and rear guard, keeping our way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead us on your level ground.


We ask that you would provide for our needs, we ask for your grace and favor. We pray for your blessings to cover us, we pray that you would help us to prosper and make every plan that you have birthed in our heart to succeed. We pray that others would take notice of your goodness and could not help but to say, “These are the ones that the Lord has blessed.”


Help us to be known as great givers, help us to be generous and kind, help us to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by only our own. May we be lovers of truth, may the fruits of your spirit be evident in our lives - your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.


Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. 

Set your way before us. May all your plans succeed. We may reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.


To you be glory and honor, in this New Year, and forever.


In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Message From Our Pastor

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,


I pray this newsletter finds you and your family being strengthened in prayer and surrounded by the love of God. Happy New Year! As we embark upon 2022, many are excited about the new opportunities, possibilities, and prospects that the year has to offer. In fact, it is our expectation that we will meet new people, share new ideas, build new relationship, dream new dreams, cast new vision, and share in new joys. However, with new opportunities come new challenges and challengers. Sadly, there may be times when our expectations do not match up with our reality. Oftentimes, when this occurs it’s difficult to hold on to hope because our experience contradicts everything for which we are believing God. However, our negative experiences in the New Year do not have the power to override what God has promised us. God’s promises are solid. Therefore, we must be sober and vigilant to meditate on the Word that declares, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” God is more than able to fulfill what has been promised to us as believers. We can hold on to the words of John who asserts, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. May we all muster the faith to confidently trust in God’s promises even when trouble tries to overtake us. Our hope is rooted in God’s ability to not only hear our prayers, but in God’s ability to answer our prayers.


Psalm 84:11, NKJV I John 5:14, 15, NKJV


In His Service,

Rev. Dr. Alvin T. Armstead, Jr., Pastor



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Sunday: Live Streamed Message from the Senior Pastor (10:00am)

Tuesday: Prayer Call (6:00am (605) 475-4886 Access Code: 763201#)

Wednesday: Bible Study

Friday: Check-in


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Congratulations Judge Frederick B. Adams

United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church congratulates Frederick B. Adams II on his appointment to Forsyth County District Court Judge by Governor Roy Cooper. Adams is a member of the United Men and Men’s Triangle Ministries. He was sworn in on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 3PM.


Judge Adams ran a thriving law practice in the 21 years before assuming the bench. He used his God-given talents to render service to the public via his handling of personal injury cases, criminal matters, and traffic offenses.


His former clients attest that the community is better because of his contributions throughout his distinguished legal career. They are confident he will carry this same

distinction to the bench. His reputation as a man who manifests justice, kindness, and humility in his dealings with others precedes him.


Judge Adams follows in the footsteps of the late Judge Roland Hayes, the first Black district court judge in Forsyth County. Judge Hayes’ favorite scripture was Micah 6:8, which details the Lord’s requirement that mankind act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. God still requires the same of his people today, which the Sunday School is studying this month as the classes study justice.


Judge Adams’ appointment acknowledges the consistent effort and commitment he has shown the community over the years. The church is confident that he will heed the calling of Micah 6:8 in his new position, and that the prayers of the righteous and God’s protection will ensure his continued success.

SENIOR MISSIONARIES

Happy New Year from the Senior Missionaries! We hope everyone had a blessed Christmas. 


The Lord has ushered in another year and given us new opportunities to express love. We want to thank our church family for the love and support for the work of ministry. We are grateful for your generosity all year round. 


By the grace of God, UMMBC’s Annual Second Harvest Food Drive and the donation drive for the Hope Community Church in Navrongo, Ghana, were huge successes. Success could not have been possible without all of us. Our financial donations and non-perishable goods will bless many. We thank you for coming together in a wonderful, collaborative spirit to help others. 


Matthew 25: 35-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” 


Also, in December, the Senior Missionaries were able to give gift cards as Christmas gifts to the sick and shut-in members. The Children’s Ministry designed the envelopes and delivered the gift cards. 


We thank Pastor Armstead for his leadership and ask that the Lord continue to lead and guide him. 


We look forward to continuing our missionary efforts and are grateful for the help of our church family. Recall, we are all missionaries!

The Minister’s Conference of Winston Salem and Vicinity

P.O. Box 12102 Winston Salem, NC 27117


Below is a portion of a letter received on December 15, 2021 acknowledging the on going work of our church.


Congratulations!


The MCWS&V MLK Jr. Committee has selected your church for the accomplishments you and the members of United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church have done within within the Winston-Salem and vicinity area. Your church will be recognized and honored as the recipient of our 2022 MCWS&V Health Advocate Promoter Award. This year we are preparing to host and broadcast a hybrid service from the St. Peter’s Church & World Outreach Center on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 4:00pm. Only program participants and award recipients will assemble for this occasion. Simultaneously, this service will be accessible by Zoom and Livestreamed via Facebook.


We look forward in celebrating you and the service work you have accomplished in the life of the community.

Sick and Shut-In VISITATION MINISTRY

Contact Number: 336-761-1358; Extension: 1008


MRS. EVELYN CABBELL

Brookdale Assisted Living, Rm 27 2980 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

MARY ELIZABETH JACKSON
1836 Kentucky Ave NE
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
VALERIE SADDLER
2285 Mary Dee Lane
Winston-Salem, NC 27107

ELSIE SCALES
South Fork Assisted Living-Room 116
1345 Jonestown Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27103


LOUISE THOMAS 
Trinity Glenn, Rm 310 A 
849 Waterworks Road, 
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 


ANITA THOMPSON
805 South Merritt Mill Rd. Apt 105
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

CLARENCE WATSON
Salemtowne Rehabilitation Center
1550 Babcock Drive - Room 7219
Winston-Salem, NC 2710



Sick and Shut-In: Hospital or at Home

  • R. Colin Brown
  • Reginald Brown
  • Thurman Clayton
  • Laura Cooley
  • Eva Howell
  • Dorothy Jones
  • Jennie Jones  
  • Veronica Wright


Condolences

We solicit your prayers for our bereaved families:

  • Pamela Anthony - Brother
  • Michael Baker - Father
  • Alan Caldwell - Sister
  • David Gray - Mother
  • Patricia Jessup - Sister
  • Deacon James Lomax, Jr. - Uncle


December Birthdays


1

James Hawkins
Stefanie Leak
2
Columbus Copeland
Charles Howie
Regina Lewis
Jamie Miller
Katrina Patterson
3
Beth Stafford
4
Denise Allen
Ruby Griffin
Earline Harry
Emma Trotman
6
Garfield Duncan
Debra Edwards
Asia Phillips

8
Aryanah Scales
9
Briana Anthony
Robert Scales
Sonya Shepherd
10
Elexis Grady
Myrtle Horne
Richard Moye
Shirley Penn



11
Laila Leak
12
Carlton Carpenter
Doris Chunn
Quinton Crawley
Akilah Gray
Jennie Jones

13
Sean Campbell
Jacqueline Pettiford
Jeannette Stackhouse-Walton
14
Lisa Caldwell
Jordyn Curtis
Elinor Ervin
15
Barbara Creswell
Diane Hairston
Leon Witherspoon, Jr.
16
Shirley Bishop
Barbara Dubose
17
Patricia Wynn

18
Brittany Jenkins
Carl Leak


19
Michael Baker
Janice Conner
Larry Hardy
Warren Leggett
Marilyn Odom
20
Sharon Marshall
Harold Winningham
21
Aaliyah Hall
Tocarra Toland-Tatum
22
Norvell Butterfield
Eva Howell
Derone Penn
Gloria Pitts

23
Gearl Patterson
24
Emanuel Coker
Adrian Coleman
Elwillie Jarrett
25
Robert Conner
Yvette Martin


26
Marcia Cox
Keith Green
Jocelyn Moye
Elise Rodney

27
Marilyn Gilliam
Betty Jones
Blount Norman
28
Wilton Bynum
Bronell Cannady
Jessica Faulk
29
Melissa Moore
30
Kennard Plummer
Melvin WIlliams
31
Brian Marshall
Glynis Ross